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Friday, August 5, 2011

Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Author: Rachel Hawkins
Pages: 323
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: 13 years old+
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Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.
Witches are one of my favorite mythical creatures, only second to mermaids, so I was very excited to start reading Hex Hall! I may have been a little later jumping onto the bandwagon, but, better late then never, right? This book didn't disappoint at all!

Even though the magical boarding school aspect isn't anything new, Rachel Hawkins took the idea and made it her own. This isn't just a school for witches and warlocks, it's a school for faeries, werewolves and other shape shifters, and even vampires. Well, one vampire. The protagonist, Sophie, immediately caught my interest. She's witty and sarcastic, with the perfect snarky humor to make her narration of the story super fun to read.

But this book is positively bursting with dynamic and entertaining characters, one of the foremost being Jenna, Sophie's roommate and also the only resident vampire student. The entire school hates Jenna, for something that she swears she did not do, but everyone still blames her for. But Jenna is still a smart-ass and doesn't let any of it get her down. She had me laughing quite a bit throughout the entire novel. Plus, she loves pink! Can you imagine a vampire with an entirely pink bedroom?

Thank heavens, there wasn't any instant love in Hex Hall. Sure, Sophie develops a major crush on Archer, the school's heartthrob. But that's not anything weird. Head-over-heels crushes happen to every single teenage girl on this planet. The romance built up throughout the entire novel and finally just kinda exploded at the end. But, if you thought it was going to be happily ever after, think again. Just as quickly as Rachel Hawkins giveth, Rachel Hawkins taketh away. Which means I seriously need to read the sequel soon.

Hex Hall was definitely my cup of tea, and I'm so glad I finally read it. A great read, and I definitely recommend it to fans of urban fantasy, or someone looking for a highly entertaining read. I give this novel 4 out of 5 stars.


  1. OMG, I loved this book. I didn't actually find it so awesome while I was reading the first 250 pages... then the poo hit the fan and you know... that basement scene...


    I think I reread it like 10 times.

    And Demonglass is even better. GO GET IT NOW!!!

    Also, didn't it strike you how nice Sophie was? Like sometimes MCs are funny and smart and charming but they aren't nice. Sophie is such a sweetheart while still being whip-smart yet naive, and snarky but never mean.

  2. @Reut, That basement scene was UH-MAY-ZING. Poop hitting the fan indeed, haha.

    I have Demonglass, and I started reading it too, but once I read the thing about her and Cal, I had to put it down. My heart couldn't take it! lol. I love Cal.

    It's true! You know, I've never actually thought about that, but it's true. Sophie is a very nice person, which makes her all the better!

  3. I really, really want to read this one. I think I'm going to take it with me on vacation. I need to catch up on my YA reading.

  4. Lol if you think the ending of Hex Hall was a cliffhanger you should read Demonglass. Demonglass ends on a huge cliffhanger and I personally can't wait for book three.

    Thanks for the great review, I'm glad you enjoyed the book.

  5. @Mrs. Q, do it! I think you'll really enjoy it. :)

    @Alexa, oh gawd, I really hate cliffhanger endings! They leave me.... ARGH!

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